Doctoral programme PhD in the Arts

With the PhD programme in the arts, the University Mozarteum Salzburg expands and completes its wide range of art-university research. The work-concept, the artistic-research process and its documentation are seen here as broad categories that relate to and emerge from each other, and whose definition and mutual differentiation can themselves become the subject of artistic research. The doctoral programme negotiates the further development of artistic research practice as well as the shaping of theory on artistic research and the development and opening up of the arts to discursive dimensions. The programme reflects on the diversity of methods, contextualization and knowledge production.
The PhD in the Arts is inter- and transdisciplinary.

The programme is aimed equally at graduates of the University Mozarteum Salzburg as well as at graduates of other relevant studies at a recognized domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution.

Graduates of the Phd in Arts study programme are awarded the academic degree "Doctor of Philosophy in the Arts", abbreviated to "PhD in the Arts".
Applicants are admitted to the doctoral programme through a two-step selection process (proposal and presentation). In addition, knowledge of English (oral and written) must be proven.

The completion of the PhD in the Arts consists of the following components:

  • Successfully completing all the units and courses including the interim review.
  • Submission of the documentation of the PhD project.
  • Final review by the commission.

The PhD in the Arts at the University Mozarteum Salzburg is an international doctoral programme (with English as the language of tuition) for art-practitioners and artist-researchers from different fields, such as music, the visual arts, theatre, dance, film, digital media, design, a.o. The programme offers artists and researchers an opportunity to further develop independent artistic research practice. The programme encourages research that focuses on and emerges from artistic practice and its processes.

The general university entrance qualification for admission to doctoral programmes is established by proof of successful completion of a relevant diploma or master's programme or other equivalent programme with at least the same educational level at a recognized domestic or foreign postsecondary educational institution. In any case, but not exclusively, degrees in the studies offered at the University Mozarteum Salzburg are considered eligible.

For further information and admission please refer to the curriculum (cf. downloads).